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Thoughts From Ephesians (5)

by Larry Miles

LarryMiles2015We Have Received the Guarantee of Our Inheritance (Eph. 1:13-14)

In Eph. 1:13-14 we learn about the blessings we receive   from the Holy Spirit. Christians receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit when they are immersed into Christ (Acts 2:38).  Paul says that   unless we have the Holy Spirit we are not a Christian. The Holy Spirit worked in the lives of the Ephesian Christians as well as in our lives today.

Salvation has at least 3 phases. For of all, we have been saved; secondly, we are   being saved, and thirdly we will be saved.  All  of these   phases  are  a  reality, we  don’t have to  hope we  will be  saved. Rather, we can know now that we are saved.  Of course that does not preclude us from falling away from the truth.

The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives acts as guarantee or a pledge by our Heavenly Father that he will keep His promises.  Because of this we are to be a people of praise. We must join Paul in praising Him for His mighty salvation.

This passage shows us that all three persons of the Godhead are involved in our salvation. God the Father has chosen us; God the Son has redeemed us, and God the Spirit has assured us. We were made for praise and that will lead us to serving Him.  We need to walk daily in the Lord Jesus.

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 corinthians 1:3-4